Art of early Las Cruces artist , Aillen Shannon, at Branigan

The Branigan Cultural Center presents Color and Vision: Artwork of Ailleen Shannon. The exhibit will explore the career of artist Ailleen Shannon, who lived in Las Cruces from 1925 until her death in 1964. The exhibition opens Friday, July 1, and will be on display through Saturday, August 13.

Color and Vision: Artwork of Ailleen Shannon, features landscapes and portraits in oil, pencil, and pastel from 1914 to 1950, as well as earlier sketches and calligraphy by the artist.

Ailleen Philips Shannon was born in Gillsburg, Mississippi, in 1888. She studied fine art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Julienne Academy in Paris, and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Ailleen and her husband, Edmund Shannon, moved to Las Cruces in 1925. A member of the burgeoning art scene on Las Cruces, she exhibited her work in shows around the United States, while she raised her children and was active in social groups within the community.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main St. and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at las-cruces. org/museums or call 541-2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.